President Obama: Close Guantánamo Bay Now

More than three months into President Obama's second term in office, 166 men are still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, the majority of them held for more than 11 years without any charge or fair trial. Currently, more than 100 of these men are engaged in a hunger strike. In an April 14 New York Times op ed, Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, one of 86 prisoners languishing at Guantánamo despite having been cleared for release, described the harrowing conditions: "One man here weighs just 77 pounds," he wrote. "Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago."

While President Obama has rightly argued that Congress is standing in the way of his fulfilling his promise to close the prison, human rights groups have pointed out the many meaningful actions he can take. The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling on the President to end his "self-imposed moratorium" on releasing Yemeni detainees (many of the hunger strikers are from Yemen), to resume prisoner transfers and to appoint a senior official to "shepherd the process of closure."

Sign our open letter and implore President Obama to take the steps outlined by the CCR and to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo Bay. To amplify your voice, call the White House at 202-456-1111.

Protesters calling for the closing of the U.S.detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in 2009.

Protesters calling for the closing of the U.S.detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, stand outside of the White House in Washington, March 5, 2009.  (Reuters/Larry Downing)

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